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. >>> now we turn to the vatican. a remarkable scene today in st. peter's square. pope francis, celebrating his inaugural mass, was out and about in the crowd, kissing babies, hugging the faithful, issuing a call to action, signaling a new emphasis for the church. nbc's anne thompson was there. in fact, anne, you got caught up in it briefly this morning. >> reporter: we did, indeed, brian. and, in fact, by vatican standards this was a much simpler ceremony and certainly one that was much shorter. an hour less than benedict's mass eight years ago. another change in style revealing more about this pope named francis. today pope francis preached with action as well as words. climbing out of his open air jeep to bless a disabled man, stopping to kiss children, and urging the 200,000 people in st. peter's square to be protectors of the poor, the weak, and the environment. >> i think he's going to challenge all of us to live a deeper life of faith. >> reporter: as dawn broke, eager crowds raced into the square. they saw francis receive the symbols of power -- a lamb's wool stole signifying his st
on the constitution, the catholic church itself has taken a strong stance against day marriage. monte francis sat down within oun o one-on-one with salvador cordileone. >> reporter: the u unapologetic when it comes to his stance on day marriage. >> it's the challenge of being counter cultural. you know, misunderstood. >> reporter: since being named archbishop of san francisco last summer, salvatore cordileone has faced criticism just about every time he speaks out on the issue of gay marriage. the most recent backlash came when he told a catholic newspaper that legalizing same-sex marriage would be akin to legalizing male breast feeding. he says it is a statement he doesn't regret making. >> i was trying to demonstrate that it's something that exists in nature. and it would be legislating something that is contrary to nature. >> reporter: cordileone chairs a committee of american bishops dedicated to promoting traditional marriage. he is a believer in reparative therapy, the idea that gay people can be made straight, and said legalizing gay marriage could lead to legalizing polygamy. the archbishop sa
and congresswoman nancy pelosi arrived in rome ahead of the mass for pope francis. jay gray joins us from vatican city with a look at the controversy surrounding the guest list. >> reporter: good evening. preparations continue both inside and outside of st. peter's square this evening and there's been a noticeable increase in both security and excitement on the eve of tomorrow's inaugural mass. sirens echo through the streets of rome as police lead caravans of dignitaries gathering to celebrate pope francis. >> wonderful person. do a very good job. >> reporter: vice president joe biden leads the u.s. delegation. today he met with the president and prime minister of italy while pope francis held his first audience with the head of state. argentinean president said i've never been kissed by a pope before as she gave francis a gift. traditional argentine cups used to drink the country's national beverage. they were at odds over social issues when he was the archbishop of buenos aires. hundreds of thousands expected to pack the gnawicity for the inaugural mass. >> reports are that there's an exciteme
for this new pope, they could not have gone any better. >> it's historic. he chose the name francis a few days ago, and he has been ringing in the changes. today, i heard eight separate references to the protector of the environment, the protector of creation. brother, sun, sister, moon. he has just been ringing in the changes. >> maria, you have been observing the differents, and i know u you were watching closely, what struck you? >> i think he was so inspirational. i think by choosing the name francis, it's a very famous name, but he talks a lot about forgiveness, saying that people need to ask for more forgiveness. he talks about authenticity, and today he also spoke about what is true authentic power in service. i think these are the words and the messages that people around the world are longing for. >> and we're watching, we want to mention you're back with us on the "today show" in just a short while, and you're going to look at what women can offer. >> much more head coming up on the special edition of "the today show" coming up. >>> officials say a student's planned attack on the uni
in the years to come. >> as a management matter, as a crisis management matter, what does pope francis do to come to terms with sexual abuse in the church that begins to close the chapter for the church? >> well, i can't close that chapter, none of us can, as long as there are victims b s becausu to have accompany them, if they're willing to accompany them, but we have to keep doing that. as far as the scandal itself, everyone that we know of who has done this, whether bishop or priest, is out of public ministry and will remain out because we had to change the law to do that and it took some time. he supports that, and then we have to be sure that it won't happen again, as much as we possibly can, and then stay with the victims. but the structures are in place now, the code has been changed. the thing is every time there's a new report, then everything happens yesterday instead of 20 or 30 years ago which is often the case now. >> there's the issue, i think for a lot of american catholics, of the impact that pope francis can have on cultural and political debates in america. gary bower, t
more about pope francis's life before the priesthood. the pontiff apparently had moments of doubts and temptation. here is nbc's jim maceda. >> reporter: as pope francis story emerges we're learning the bishop from buenos aires can be frank about subjects, celibacy and sex. the former bergoglio admitted to be taken by a stunning girl. i could not pray for a week because the girl was in my head. eventually he p joined the priesthood and swore to secrecy. this woman, his neighbor and childhood crush. >>. >> translator: he said to me, if i don't marry you, i'll become a priest. >> reporter: some may bless the idea about married priests. it is a matter of discipline, not faith. it can change. >> it means basically that pope francis, or jorge bergoglio was a man before he became a priest. >> he's even weighed in on sexual matters. what if a priest gets a woman pregnant? he has to leave the ministry and take care of that child, even if he chooses not to marry that woman. for days francis already setting the tonight for a new open papacy. and in another sign of just how open pope francis
in california and everywhere. >>> pope francis going offscript on palm sunday with a story from his childhood. >>> and one of the bay area's most harrowing roadways finally becoming a reality. >>> the debate over same sex marriage is headed for the supreme court this week in not one, but two cases. one of those cases is california's prop 8. the other is whether the federal government can refuse to recognize same sex marriages in states where they are legal. brian moore has this preview. >> reporter: people have been camping outside the supreme court for days to witness history. as the justices take on the first ever cases dealing with same sex marriage. >> marriage equality! >> reporter: on tuesday, the court will hear a challenge to california's proposition 8, which defined marriage as one man, one woman. >> if there was no evidence, none, that allowing gays and lesbians to marry harms the institution of marriage or harms anyone else. >> reporter: the justices could decide if any state can ban same sex marriage of simply limit the case to california. >> the last thing we need is to shut down
, the crackdown includes special roving patrols. nbc bay area's monte francis spent part of the evening with the chp on one of the patrols. he is live in san jose with the story. monte? >> reporter: terry, good evening. the reality is for many people today is a day devoted to drinking, and the highway patrol officers we spent some time with tonight say this is an active weekend for dui in the south bay. chp officers brandyn thompson and pierce visare on the look o >> anything out of the order, erratic braking, swerving in a lane, making erratic lane changes. anything that doesn't look normal. >> reporter: an expired registration gives them the chance to check for signs of dui. >> may i have your license, your registration and insurance please? >> yeah. shirks doing about 77. so max speed on this way was 65 miles per hour. >> reporter: a speeding car leads to another stop and another sobriety test. >> look at my finger. great. >> reporter: minutes later that. >> responded to reports of a motorcycle that crashed on a freeway on-ramp. after temperatures the bushes and trees, the rider is n
. pope francis i brings enormous appeal for his service to the poor and his jesuit pack ground in argentina. american catholics will be watching, of course, and a poll just before francis was chosen, only a third of american catholics said pope was in touch with american people. 54%, a strong majority said yes to reform the kelly, hope springs eternal, especially with the new pope. great theater, much excitement. how is he going to appeal to progress rives in america? >> although the church has always been for the poor, to have a pontiff who is so closely allied with the poor and has lived it, in these years of controversy and being reminded of the wealth of the church where they are paying out for the terrible sins of some priests, to have someone who has lived the austere life, the message of francis, that helps. my expectations for change are not big. but he talked about contraceptives with relation to disease. but he's turning a page that was needed. >> changing the headlines, this is a church that politically needs to have a game-changing message. talking now about poverty
. >>> reporting live in san fr francis francisco, bay area news. >> the super bowl may be three years away, but the city is prepared to meet the nfl's financial demands. the city council has come up with several resolutions. among them, waiving the city's hotel tax for nfl employees and the teams. suspending ticket surcharges and droped adding parking fees. the concessions add up to millions. it's more than worth it because it will be offset by the income and the publicity. >> the way that we're doing the superer bowl is a great regional effort. we'll be able to highlight everything from the golden gate to silicon valley. >> santa clara city council will hold a special meeting. >>> with little to no rain so far this year, any rain would be big news. >> yes, tonight, a storm is moving in. take a look. on your left, a live look from the south bay. clouds hanging over east san jose. on the right, the bay bridge toll plaza. the roads still dry at this hour, but tomorrow will be a different story. chief meet i don't goologiteo m this story. >> we're tracking a lot of moisture and showing up as
francis paid a visit to his predecessor benedict xvi at castel gandolfo the papal retreat where benedict has retired. francis -- pope francis told benedict, we are brothers. the two men prayed together with the vatican spokesman calling it a moment of great communion in the church. >>> a well-known russian tycoon who amassed great wealth after the fall of the soviet union was found dead today in england. boris berezovsky was a close ally of former president boris yeltsin. in return for backing yeltsin he was able to buy former state assets at bargain prices. he also helped vladimir putin rise to power but later had a falling-out with putin and moved to england. the circumstances of his death were unclear. berezovsky was 67 years old. >>> back in this country the evidence appears to be mounting that a colorado prison parolee killed in a shoot-out this week in texas may have been involved in the brazen murder of a head of colorado's prison system. nbc's kristen dahlgren is in colorado tonight where police are quickly connecting the dots. >> reporter: in the wreckage of that texas car chase
it along. live in hayward, monte francis. >>> developing news from afghanistan. the death of a husband and son, a soldier from the east bay. 31-year-old sergeant first class james grisham from hayward dried thursday at a military hospital in germany from gunshot wounds he suffered two days earlier in afghanistan. grisham was assigned to the special forces group based in ft. lewis, washington. he had served in iraq and was on his fifth overseas deployment. grisham was a 1999 graduate of mt. eden high school. he is survived by his wife. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry made a stop in iraq today. kerry met with iraq's prime minister for what was described as a very spirited discussion. they talked about iraq's delicate transition to democracy, as the country prepares for upcoming elections. >> we all want to see iraq succeed. such an enormous investment of our treasure, our people, and our money in this initiative. the world has an interest in seeing iraq take a leading role in the world as a functioning democracy. >> the talk also focused on iraq granting iran access to its air spa
leaders, include vice president joe biden are gathering in rome ahead of the installation of pope francis. let's get to keer simmons. >> reporter: good morning. even if it is raining like this tomorrow, this area will still be packed as you say. world leaders are flying in. the pope meeting with the argentina president. the pope's message, remember the poor, and his style is winning fans for people on the street. as pope francis prepares for the installation mass, vice president biden arrived in rome sunday. it is ordinary men and women that are connecting with the pope in an extraordinary way. francis walking over to a crowd of a few hundred people just to say hello, leaving his security scrambling. then sunday, he greeted tens of thousands in st. peter's square for his first angeles, even making the mass. in the crowd, we met philadelphia's cardinal. >> this is unique. this is a wonderful opportunity. i mean, it is the first time the new pope, pope francis appeared, first time he gives his blessing here. >> reporter: preparations in the same square are under way. we have the setup alrea
this morning on the journey ahead for pope francis, from cardinal francis george, the archbishop of chicago. what message did the cardinals mean to send with the selection of the first ever pope from latin america? a special discussion as well with our roundtable on how francis reforms the church? >> plus, the debt dual in washington. is there any rheoom for comprome and is the president right when he argues a balanced budget isn't a priority at the moment? the debate this morning. with us, republican w.h.i.p. of the house, kevin mccarthy and the top democrat on the house budget committee, chris van hollen of maryland. then the future of the gop and a senator's change of heart on gay marriage. is it the beginning of a changing tide in the party? wisconsin's republican governor scott walker weighs in. >>> and good sunday morning. a busy first weekend for the new pope, meeting the press yesterday for the first time. and this morning, an impromptu appearance near the vatican, greeting surprised visitors, and then moments ago, before a large crowd gathered in st. peter's square, he gave his fir
of people poured into st. peter's square today for the inaugural mass of pope francis i. dignit arys travelled to the vatican to be part of today's service. jay gray has been following the election and the fest tivities. we have been talking a lot about the style and now it comes down to substance, correct? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. it was a mass wrapped in the traditions of the catholic faith. but as he has done since his election pope francis managed to weave his own tone into the celebration here. he began this day as he has his papacy, embracing the faithful. >> very spiritual, touching. it is a pilgrimage. >> reporter: pulled so many to the inaugural mass. among them kings, presidents, the u.s. delegation led by vice president joe biden. but it was his connection with the crowd that seemed to be the most powerful including this moment when he stopped to offer a special blessing. >> with all of the people here the pope stops to greet a severely handicap person. i think that sums it all up. >> reporter: a renewed dedication to those he called the poor, needy and weake
in the morning. live in pacifica tonight, monte francis, nbc bay area news. >> monte, thank you. >>> and police in the east bay tonight are trying to determine the cause of death of a man who was found floating in the bay near richmond. police received a call around 3:00 this afternoon about a body in the water. homicide investigators were called in, but at this point it appears the death may have been an accident. they say the man may have slipped and fell into the water and then died. authorities have identified the body, but are still trying to contact family members. >>> the debate over same-sex marriage is headed for the supreme court this week. both sides will have their say on the federal defense of marriage act. on tuesday, justices will hear arguments on california's prop and consider whether states can stop same-sex marriage. people have been camping outside the proportionate for days to witness history. on tuesday, the court will hear a challenge to proposition 8. it defined marriage as one man, one woman. >> no evidence, none, that allowing gays and lesbians to marry harms the insti
enforcement agencies are out in force trying to keep drunk drivers off the record. nbc bay area monty francis has that story. >> reporter: you can expect a number of dui checkpoints across the bay area, including two here in san jose. the reality is, today for many people is a day devoted to drinking. in fact, just about an hour ago, we stopped by rosey mccann's at santana road where people were enjoying st. patrick's day with friends, drinking a lot of green beer and taking shots of whiskey. south bay police department, santa clara county sheriff's department and the highway patrol are on high alert, making sure those folks and others like them don't get behind the wheel. a few of the people out celebrating tonight told us along with the fun comes an obligation to be responsible. >> definitely call a taxi, get a friend to drive you home. call your mom, whatever you need to do to be safe. >> for the most part i think so. like everyone is pretty much trying to be smart. they don't want to get too stupid. >> if you are caught driving under the influence, you could face jail time, court fines, a
. >>> pope francis completed his first sunday as pontiff with his signature down-to-earth style. he started the day greeting crowds before leaving mass at st. peter's. he then went into the crowd catching his security detail off guard. hundreds of thousands poured into st. peter's square and erupted into cheers when their new pope stepped to the window to give his blessing which he closed with a casual "enjoy your afternoon. enjoy a good lunch." >>> vice president joe biden arrived in italy yesterday ahead of tomorrow's inauguration mass of pope francis. >>> in an nbc news exclusive, we've learned of a cyber attack on the voting system in florida. officials are quick to point out that the breach was unsuccessful but do say it raises many issues on security. the case stems from bogus requests from more than 2,500 absentee ballots for the august 14th primary in miami-dade county. it's not clear whether the requests were an attempt to sway the election, test the system or just interfere with voting. either way experts say the incident exposes danger in putting states voting online. the full ar
, brian. you know, as many as 1 million people are expected to come to pope francis' inaugural mass tomorrow morning. the crowds are expected to be huge, in part because catholics have really taken to heart this humble and spontaneous man. as you said, it's been years since catholics have seen a pope work a crowd the way he did after sunday mass. it certainly gave his security detail headaches as he went into the crowd and shook hands and kissed little kids and blessed them. but it's these spur of the moment decisions that makes tomorrow's event a must-see event in rome. today pope francis met with the head of state, an old foe, argentinian president cristina kirchner. she brought him gifts and a request that he intercede in great britain over the falkland islands. the pope opposed many social programs that kirch nerks r endorsed. she, in turn, said he had beliefs that were medieval, harking back to the inquisition. today there were no such signs of any harsh words. brian? >> ann back at the vatican where she'll continue to cover for us. ann, thanks, and we want you to know special
francis live in san jose where you spoke to downtown businesses with more on the economic impact. good morning, monte. >> marla, good morning. in 2010, this tournament generated about $20 million for san jose's economy. expectations this time around are just as high. as you said, college basketball fans from across the country flying into san jose for the tournament. hotels, bars, restaurants in downtown san jose are hoping to recover some of the money they lost with nhl lockout this past season. we're told right now many hotels in san jose are fully booked. when it comes to ncaa's impact on the local economy, there is a trickle down effect. the ceo of the san jose silicon valley chamber of commerce says when the hotels are booked, that translates to more revenue for restaurants, bars, and cafes. >> the expectations are always high. obviously the economic impact can vary. i think the numbers we heard from 2010 were about $20 million in economic impact. so whenever you can bring people from outside a region into your community, that's new money. >> the tournament games begin tomorrow. e
where he and hundreds of thousands of others will attend pope francis's inauguration. we'll take you to the preparations in vatican city. >>> we'll also show you why experts say sarah palin stole the show at the cpac convention in maryland, get her big gulp on at the end of the weekend. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> the vice president joe biden is joining leaders from around the world traveling to rome on the eve of the inaugural mass for newly elected pope francis. however, there is controversy over who is attending. nbc's jay gray has details from rome. >> reporter: working through the rain, crews in st. peters square, vice president joe biden leads the u.s. contingent as leaders gather for the inauguration of pope francis including argentine president, who had lunch at the vatican today. the two had a contentious relationship whearlier. they did not release details. zimbabwe president is also in rome for t
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proposal to the nfl to make sure it's right and tight. monte francis live at the stadium in santa clara right now and he has all the latest details. monty, good morning. >> >u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u>u . >> reporter: john and marla, good morning. you can see construction behind me, expected to be complete in plenty of time. city officials appear to be ready to make pretty big sacrifices to make a deal happen. as the new stadium takes form, city of santa clara hoping it brings more than 49ers to the south bay. on friday nfl expected to choose between bay area and miami for the host of super bowl l for 2015. they are giving up millions in revenue and hoping economic activity super bowl would generate would offset that cost. that includes a 9.5% hotel tax for the teams and other employees. the mayor of santa clara says that revenue could be made up for in other ways. >> because the super bowl is an extraordinary event, we're trying to make ourselves competitive in the bid. we want to ensure we put our best foot forward. we have a great partner with the super bowl committee. they will m
into the square for naug ralg mass for pope francis. hundreds of thousands traveled to the vatican to be part of today's historic service including joe biden. it was his connection with the crowd that seemed to be so powerful and joining us from valt vatican is jay gray. he joins us live. jay? >> reporter: good evening, janel janelle. it was a mass draped in the traditions of the catholic faith, but since he's done since his election, he managed to weave his own special traditions into the celebration here. it was that connection with the crowd that made the biggest kifr difference it seemed. he rode into st. peter's square and then got out of the vehicle and actually mixed with those who had gathered hundreds of thousands from around the world shaking hands, kissing some of the faithful, stopg for a very special blessing. during his homily, he discussed what has been at the core of his papacy over the last few days, and that is taking care of the pour, those among us he says are needy or the weakest among us. he also at times seemed to refer to the problems the catholic church has been facin
at what's coming up on the "today" show. a live report on whether pope francis could be rethinking the church's stance on celibacy based on a past admission of his. >>> and how a new beyonce song is stirring controversy. keep it here for local weather, news, sports and more. thanks for watching "early today," your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. today," your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a great one. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com . . . >>> good morning. live in the south bay, southbound 280, part of it, shut down after a fatal hit and run. we'll have that story coming up. >>> president obama continues his tour of the middle east this morning. we will get to the latest on that trip coming up. >>> the new plan to fill m.c. storefronts in san jose. >>> right now, a live look outside at the bay bridge. feel good about yourself right now. it is friday out there. indeed, friday, march 22 pd, th this is "today in the bay." >>> good morning. it is 4:30 on the nose. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm laura garcia cannon. lots to get to, including breakin
and will pray together. they did kneeling on the same stool. they moved on to the library where pope francis offered and presented benedict xvi with an icon saying you are the first person i thought of when i saw it. and they moved on to an informal meeting. the pope went back to vatican city where pope benedict xvi will retire. >>> on tuesday the u.s. supreme court will take up the issue of same-sex marriage. it's something the catholic church strongly opposes. we sat down with archbishop card leone. >> he says he feels misunderstood by many in san francisco who support gay rights. >> what is debated is two ideas of marriage that cannot co-exist in the law. >> reporter: since being named archbishop of san francisco, he has faced criticism when he speaks out on gay marriage. the most recent is when he told the catholic newspaper that legalizing same-sex marriage is akin to legalizing male breast-feeding. >> what i'm trying to demonstrate is that it's something that exists in nature. and it would be legislating something that's contrary to nature. >> reporter: he chairs a committee of america
years ago when prop 8 became law. lester? >> pete, thanks. >>> at the vatican today, pope francis celebrated palm sunday mass before a crowd estimated at 250,000. he marked the start of holy week by encouraging people to be um balance and joyful and to lead simple lives. the pope from argentina announced he'll travel to neighboring brazil in july after the mass he climbed into a pope mobile to move among the crowd showing once again he enjoys connecting with the faithful. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday -- making and watching tv in a whole new way. inside the netflix revolution. >>> and later, the city that went from one of the fattest in america to one of the fittest. >>> the days of rushing home or planning your night around catching your favorite network tv shows are largely gone, thanks to the dvr, which of course allows people to watch whenever they want. but just as tv networks have adjusted to that viewing model, a company better known for renting and streaming movies is offering tv viewers a whole new way to enjoy first run shows. nbc's michelle franze
. the shooting happened just a few hours ago at 2:40 this afternoon on tenson road. nbc bay area's monte francis is at the scene with more for us. hello, monte. what do you have? >> reporter: good evening. westbound tenson road reopened to traffic just about an hour ago, so traffic here is flowing again. we're still in the process of interviewing witnesses, but they have been able to piece together what happened. investigators say someone fired shots from a vehicle traveling westbound on tenson road and apparently was aiming for another vehicle or someone in the vicinity. this was at about 2:40 this afternoon. but police say the shots hit an unintended target. a car heading into opposite direction on tenson and driving that car was a man with his wife and child in the car. that man was injured in the shooting, but he's at st. rose hospital, where he's expected to survive. >> and it appears that the victim of the gunshot wound was a family member, a dad, driving with his wife and child, through the area to visit family. and was probably the unintended target of a drive-by shooting. we did
are asking this morning, just a few days after the official installation of pope francis, will the church change under his leadership? those who want to get rid of the celibacy requirement for priests are looking hopefully at the pope's admission of past crushes. jim maceda has more. >> good morning, matt. it turns out francis, the first latin-american pope came to the priesthood at age 32, not before he had his own moments of doubt and temptation. ♪ as pope francis emerges, we're learning the former archbishop of buenos aires can be most frank will celibacy and sex. >> you can marry me. you love me. >> but i love god more. >> reporter: like the conflicted catholic priest in the 1980 tv mini series "thornbirds" former jorgeb jorgeber bergoglio said "i could not pray for over a week because when i tried to do the girl appeared in my head." eventually he went into priesthood and swore to celibacy, fulfilling a promise he made to this woman, amalia, once his neighborhood and childhood crush. >> translator: he said to me if i don't marry you, i'll become a priest. >> reporter: surprising so
with the influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in syria. >>> historic meeting between pope francis and his predeces r predecessor, pope benedict. the two will have lunch together. that will be a power lunch. a meeting of this kind has not happened in at least 600 years. no pressure for that lunch at all, right? none. >>> breaking news overnight. the senate has just approved a $3.7 trillion budget. meanwhile, the budget crisis and congressional sequester has claimed another victim. air traffic control towers at small and medium sized airports across the country. pete williams has more and joins us now. pete, good morning. >> reporter: jenna, good morning. the faa says it must take this step to meet the goal of cutting more than $600 million out of its budget so starting in two weeks it will shut down air traffic control towers in 38 states affecting operations at 149 small and medium sized airports nationwide. this is not expected to have much impact on commercial airline schedules but it will affect operations at airports like frederick municipal in maryland where private planes operate.
process. >>> pope francis is taking part in his first palm sunday service. tens of thousands turned out in st. peters square to pray with the pope for the start of the holy week. he arrived in an uncovered car and then preside over the mass from an altar on the steps of st. peter basilica. hug it out. there you go. >>> police in london are investigating the death of a russian tycoon who was a fierce critic of president vladimir putin. chemical hazard police are searching boris's london home after he was found dead inside. the cause is still unknown. boris fled to britain in 2001 after having a falling out with putin who was granted political asylum there two years ago. >>> the bodies of two sky divers who went missing after a jump have been found in florida. crews started searching for them when everyone else they jumped with landed safely, but they were nowhere to be found. investigators are looking into the possibility that their parachutes malfunctioned. >>> what happens when gps doesn't like you? this happens. in glendale, california, a car wound up on top of a house. officials say
at the top though search results. those are the things happening today. >>> pope francis celebrated his first palm sunday mass at the vatican to mark the beof holy week. today marks the start of passover. >>> play in the arnold palmer invitational has one golfer up a tree. his tee shot on the tenth hollanded 50 feet above ground in a tree. he climbed up after it and carefully hit it to the fairway. he double bogeyed the hole and later withdrew from the tournament. when the tournament ends tiger hopes to reclaim title of number one golfer in the world. it is 7:12. back to savannah, matt, al and sergio dropped out because of a shoulder -- >> not because of the tree. >> not tree related. >> before the storm. >> little breezy there today. thank you so much, guys. let me show you what is going on. unseasonably cold throughout the country today. jet stream takes an unusual dip to the south. temperatures 10 to 20 below normal. as you look around much of the country, teens and 20s in the plains and warm weather in the southwest in to southern california with 80s. 83 phoenix. windy in the southeast. a
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